Above: The class of 2022 from the Robert Haskins School of Christian Ministry

DEL CITY—On August 13, the Robert Haskins School of Christian Ministry, also known as Haskins School, celebrated its Class of 2022 and also honored longtime Oklahoma Baptist leader Robert Haskins.

Todd Fisher, left, presents Robert Haskins with the first honorary shepherd’s staff.

In a ceremony in Del City, First, Southern, 18 Haskins School students, who are adults working in various ministry settings throughout the state, received their pastoral and religious ministry diplomas and certificates.

Over the past six years, more than 200 students have been able to take courses and receive high-quality, practical and contextualized ministry training through one of the five programs.

Ever Borunda, Baptist Hispanic Ministry Partner in Oklahoma, who is Dean of the Haskins School, said, “There is a great need in our convention to train existing and potential leaders to help them serve in good many of our smaller participants, ethnic and bi-vocational churches. This has been the vision and goal of our school.

This vision – to help ethnic and bi-vocational pastors not just survive but thrive in their particular ministries – is the continuation of a vision shared by the former Senior Associate Executive Director of Oklahoma Baptists and namesake of school, Robert Haskins.

During the graduation ceremony, Oklahoma Baptist Executive Director-Treasurer Todd Fisher presented Haskins with the first honorary shepherd’s staff. This honorary shepherd’s staff represented the collective appreciation of Oklahoma Baptists for a special person who was a champion of bi-vocational, ethnic and small churches.

“One of the great Oklahoma Baptist ministries,” Fisher said, “is the Haskins School of Christian Ministry, which provides theological and ministerial training for men and women serving especially in multi-professional or lay roles in our ethnic and less frequented churches.

“It is a privilege to present the first of what will become an annual honorary shepherd’s staff given to someone dedicated to serving the smaller and ethnic churches in our state. It was fitting to present this award to the school’s namesake, Dr. Robert Haskins, who tirelessly served our state convention for many years advocating for all Baptist churches in Oklahoma.

James R. Nowlin received the Diploma in Advanced Pastoral Ministry. Cole Bryce, Jacob Fullbright, Dale Hamm, Adam Hiett, Jared Luke Jackson, Garry C. Leach, Jesus Garay Martinez, James Lee Pathkiller, Chase Rosado and John Ralph Webb received the Diploma in Pastoral Ministry.

Amanda Bryson and Blanca Estela Hinojos received the Diploma in Ecclesiastical Ministry and Eudomar J. Rivera Mendez received the Certificate in Pastoral Ministry. Danielle Wilson received the Certificate in Church Ministry, and Donnie Jackson and Matthew D. Stouffer received the Certificate in General Christian Studies.

The Haskins School offers certificates and degrees in Church Ministry, Pastoral Ministry and now a new degree in Evangelism and Missions. For more information, visit haskinsschool.org or call 405/942-3800.

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